ISLAMABAD: Head of Pakistan’s premier spy company and the international secretary on Monday visited Kabul as a part of an effort to defuse tensions between Pakistan and Afghanistan over harassment of diplomats.
The Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) Director General Lt Gen Faiz Hameed and Overseas Secretary Sohail Mahmood held talks with the Afghan intelligence chief, nationwide safety adviser and performing international minister to debate the current hiccup within the relationship between the 2 neighbours.
Tensions between Pakistan and Afghanistan have been rising in current days with either side accusing the opposite for harassing their respective diplomatic workers. Islamabad specifically had lodged sturdy protest with Kabul over harassment of its diplomats posted in Afghanistan by the Afghan intelligence companies. Afghanistan additionally has its personal list of grievances in opposition to Pakistan.
Towards this backdrop, the ISI director general and international secretary visited Kabul.
A international workplace official, who requested to not be named as he was not authorised to talk to media on the topic, mentioned either side agreed to kind a ‘technical committee’ to look into the matter with a view to instantly resolving it.
“Each side additionally agreed to keep up shut liaison and communication and determine steps to maneuver ahead on related points,” the official added.
He disclosed the the high-powered Pakistani delegation and Afghan authorities additionally mentioned different features of bilateral relationship between Pakistan and Afghanistan.
It was additionally determined that the subsequent assembly of Afghanistan-Pakistan Motion Plan for Peace and Solidarity (APAPPS) could be held in Kabul in December. APAPPS framework offers a complete and structured mechanism to boost engagement between counterpart establishments of the 2 countries.
APAPPS is comprised of 5 working teams on politico-diplomatic, navy, intelligence, financial and commerce and refugees points. There was no official assertion issued both by Kabul or Islamabad over the go to of the ISI chief and the international secretary.
The go to is nonetheless seen as vital in opposition to the backdrop of present occasions. Observers imagine that improved relationship between Islamabad and Kabul is essential for any Afghan peace deal.
The peace course of is at present on maintain, though efforts are being made to restart direct talks between the US and Afghan Taliban.
President Donald Trump known as off peace talks with the Taliban in September, citing the rebel group’s continued assaults focusing on the American troopers.
Nevertheless, Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad, who’s tasked with reaching a peace take care of the Taliban, visited the area together with Pakistan and Afghanistan, elevating hopes for the revival of negotiations.
The US now desires Taliban to first decide to a ceasefire or at the very least cut back the extent of violence earlier than resumption of any talks. Pakistan is believed to have been additionally making an attempt exhausting to steer the Taliban to point out flexibility on the difficulty of truce.
In October, Islamabad hosted a gathering between Khalilzad and Taliban delegation led by Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar. Though, there isn’t a readability as to when the peace course of will resume, the hectic behind the scene efforts counsel that each one sides need the resumption on the earliest.